Groups & Classes


Men’s Discipleship Group [Register online]
1st and 3rd Thursday, beginning Jan. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., DC 407
This men’s group will meet on the We will study John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life, a six-session study on John Wesley, the major themes of his theology, the spread of Wesleyanism to North America, and renewal in the Wesleyan tradition. All men are invited. Contact Robert Ross or Heath Williamson.

Sunday Night Disciple I Fast Track [Register online]
12 weeks of the New Testament. Jan. 7-March 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
Pick up your guide at church office for $12. Facilitated by Tim and Sharon Clapp.

Monday Morning Bible Study [No registration required]
Mondays, beginning Jan. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Led by the lead pastor of the Apex UMC Family, this group of senior adults gathers for study and fellowship. Join us as we study Haggai and Zechariah. Ends with a BBQ lunch on May 21. Contact Sandy Dukeman.

Wednesday Morning Disciple I Fast Track [Register online]
12 weeks of the Old Testament. Jan. 10-March 28, 9:30-11 a.m.
Pick up your guide in church office for $12. Facilitated by Suzanne Coats, Jann Bridgers and Sharon Clapp. Questions? Email Sharon.

The Book of Acts [Register online]
Tuesdays, Beginning Jan. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., DC 407
This 10-week study of Acts will cover the exciting action of the Holy Spirit in the years just following Jesus’ life on earth. It will open your eyes to see the continuing work of Jesus through the Spirit’s activity and power in the early church as well as help you apply the riches of Scripture to your own life. Contact Phyllis Stern.

Cooking Class [Register online]
Wednesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., The Peak
Love to cook or eat? Join this 4-week class for fun, fellowship and food! Each week, personal chef Jimmy Eskridge will guide you as you prepare a variety of culinary items (just in time for Valentine’s Day). This class is for chefs of all levels and the course is $70/person for food and materials. Contact Hannah Eskridge or Jimmy Eskridge.

Divorce Care [Register online]
Sundays, Jan. 21-April 22, 3-5 p.m., CLC 217
This 13-week seminar/support group will help you heal from the hurt. The format combines expert videos by national experts with personalized group discussion. Contact Pat Evans.

Battle Plan for Prayer [Register online]
Tuesdays, Jan. 23-March 13, 7-8:30 p.m., DC 409
Begin with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design and its impact throughout history. Readers are guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works and are inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God. Contact Ellen Aiken or Lesa O’Neal.

Grief Group [Register online]
Sundays, Feb. 18-March 25, 3-4:30 p.m., CLC 213
Facilitated by Stephen Minister Sandee Story and counselor Liz Williamson. Share stories, learn coping mechanisms and understand the use of spirituality in grieving. Contact Charlene Guider.

Generation Change for High School Youth [No registration required]
Sundays, April 15-May 13, 9:35-10:30 a.m., DC 401
Dave Ramsey’s (Financial Peace) daughter, Rachel Cruze, leads this study designed to lead youth to a better understanding of God, themselves and their money, and how it all works together. This 5-week study will be held during the HS youth Sunday School class. Contact Toni Carpenter.


Lenten Groups
Weekly gatherings of 8-12 people that meet in homes, coffee shops or restaurants for 6-weeks to study the book Creed. Small groups exist to provide a place where you can make friends, follow Jesus and make a difference. Wherever you are in life and in your spiritual journey, we have a group for you. More information to come. Contact Becki Leeland.

Lenten Lunches
Wednesdays during Lent, Time/Location TBD
We will have a light lunch provided, or feel free to bring your own. After lunch we will discover, through a time of teaching, what Christians believe, why they believe it and why it matters!

Financial Peace University
This course by Dave Ramsey provides practical skills to help you make wise decisions with your money, empower you to achieve your financial goals and experience financial freedom. Contact Becki Leeland.

Speaking the Truth in Love
Handling anger? Giving and receiving compliments? Negotiating requests? Giving and receiving criticism? All of these things can be tough; this class will show you ways to handle these and other tough relational issues by living as Jesus did, as an assertive Christian. You will learn a scriptural understanding of assertiveness, what it is and isn’t, when to use it and how to build relationships with greater honesty, compassion and respect. Contact Suzanne Coats.

This community meets regularly, learning to be more like Jesus and learning to do what Jesus did as He was deeply connected with his Father. He invested in relationships around Him and responded to the brokenness of the world. If you are interested in learning more about Apex Communities, or if you would like to help start one, please contact Becki Leeland, director of missional discipleship.


  • Blessing Blanket Ministry
    We have a workshop several times a year to make blankets for the Duke Children’s Hospital, the Veteran’s Hospital and a homeless vets organization. No experience needed! Contact Alice Burrows or Norma Keyes.
  • Wrapped in Love Prayer Shawl Ministry: 3rd Wednesday, 10 a.m., Fellowship Hall
    Come knit or crochet prayer shawls and prayer squares as we fellowship together! Contact Marilyn Aub.
  • Bicycle Road Riders: Saturdays, Apex Community Center
    All skill levels are welcome as the group will split out into different ride teams based on distance and average pace. Start time depends on weather conditions and is communicated by email prior to Saturday. Contact David Brown.
  • Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., DC 403
    Join Michelette Moravick, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Christian-based movement, music and meditation. Open to ages 15 and up. All skill levels. Contact Michelette Moravick.
  • Women’s Fitness Class: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., DC 300
    Renew your energy. Build strength. Feel better! Join Certified Personal Trainer Kim DeGeorge and get fit with a great group of women! Cost is $250 for 17 weeks. Contact Kim DeGeorge.
  • Spiritual Spinners: Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m., Apex UMC parking lot
    This group, associated with Fuquay UMC, will have a weekly ride leaving from Apex UMC. All riders, all skill levels are welcome! All rides follow a no drop policy. Contact Al Mason.

United Methodist Women (UMW) Circles:
Become involved in mission and enjoy the company of other women.

  • Agape-Faith: 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. Contact Eccle Blackwin.
  • Florence Holleman: 1st Thursday, 12 p.m. Contact Jean Bridgers (919-362-6154).
  • Genesis: 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. Contact Anne Helm.
  • Joy: 2nd Monday, 11:15 a.m. Contact Janine Daly.

Women’s Small Groups:
Interested in starting a new small group? Contact Becki Leeland.

  • Women’s Life Group: Mondays, 10 a.m., DC 407
    Women doing life together by spending time in the Word through Bible study, participating in service projects and fellowship. Contact Alicia Motyka.
  • Mom’s Morning Ministry: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., DC 407
    If you are a mom with birth to preschool-age children, you are invited to join us. This come-as-you-are study will offer a wonderful source of fellowship, spiritual support and guidance as we look at what it is like being a woman who follows God. Contact Lori Fahs.
  • Moms of Faith: Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m., DC 408
    Bible study/Mom’s support group with a focus on service. Two meetings monthly are spent packing and delivering food bags for Feed the Kids. Our next study is Angie Smith’s What Women Fear. Contact Jennifer Geck.
  • LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together): Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., DC 409
    Join LIFT each week to study Disciple 1. Contact Ellen Luthin.

Men’s Network: Visit us on Facebook.

United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 1st Sunday monthly, 7 a.m., CLC gym. Drop in for great food and a gathering of men to connect and care. Also take part in two major fundraisers each year to raise funds for missions and ministries near and far. Contact Hart Merriam.

Men’s Small Groups: Explore one of our small groups meeting at various times and locations.

  • Tuesdays:
    • 7 a.m. at IHOP at Beaver Creek in Apex. Prayer group. Contact Larry Jordan.
    • 7 a.m. at Brueggers in Haddon Commons, Apex. Fellowship/discussion. Contact Mike Fisher.
    • 7 a.m. at Wake Zone in Apex. Book study. Contact Hart Merriam.
  • Wednesdays: 6 a.m. at Panera at Beaver Creek in Apex. Book study/discussion. Contact Lane Cloninger.
  • Thursdays: (1st and 3rd of the month), 9 p.m., Theology on Tap. Tyler’s Tap Room. Contact Jason Purdy.
  • Fridays:
    • 7 a.m. at IHOP in Apex. Contact Jeff Hadley (every other Friday).
    • Fridays: 7 a.m. at IHOP in Apex. Contact Hart Merriam


Ernest Workers: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Members range in age from 30 to 80+. Have fun and fellowship together. Contact Barbara Miller or Tim Clapp.

Families Together: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 408
This SS Class is designed for the entire family to be in study together. The class is designed for families of middle school students and older. Keith Bowden and Rachel Gonzales.

Feasting on the Word: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., Parlor
Members across all age groups. Study scripture at a detailed level to understand Biblical principles and apply to daily life. Contact Mary Kempffer.

Mayberry: Sundays, 11 a.m., CLC 211
Comprised of families, couples and singles—all ages. Variety of studies – books, DVDs, discussion. Each lesson stands alone. Opportunities for fun and fellowship. Contact Dave Dunbar.

Next Chapters: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 407
We are a community largely comprised of parents of high school or college age kids, or recent empty-nesters although anyone of any age – whether a parent or not –  is welcome!  We also participate in missions and enjoy social activities for fellowship outside of class. You are welcome to join us for just the class or just the social and/or mission opportunities. Contact Lisa and Dan Coole.

Pilgrims: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 410
Empty nesters; singles and couples; retired and working. Members are active in other church committees and organizations. Socially active, class activities include movie afternoons, dining, pot luck dinners, cookouts, train trips and Christmas dinner. Rotating teachers using Adult Bible Study series and other seasonal materials. Contact Jay Hershberger.

Seekers: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 402
Members age from 30s-40s. Study topics include application of the Bible to our lives, relationships, social issues, missions and faith growth. Studies typically use videos and books, leading to lively group discussion. Energetic, informal atmosphere with fellowship through organized socials and a strong focus on missions. Contact Courtney Weller.

Shepherds: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., CLC 217
All ages. Seek to strengthen members’ spiritual walks through interactive studies based on Biblical principles. Alternate teaching responsibilities among several class members. Mission/social functions monthly. Contact Bill Harper.

The Journey: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 406
This class will encourage and equip parents of elementary/middle school students. Contact Karen and Tony Proctor.

Young Professionals: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 409
Married,  single, with or without kids. All are welcome. Contact Becki Leeland.



Our mission is to cultivate and coordinate programs for senior adults to help meet their needs in all areas of congregational life.

2018 Event Calendar ] • [ Senior Adult Information Form ]Senior Adult Sunday School Classes

  • Ernest Workers: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., Fellowship Hall
    Members range in age from 30 to 80+. Contact Barbara Miller or Tim Clapp.
  • Feasting on the Word: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., Parlor
    Members across all age groups. Study scripture at a detailed level to understand Biblical principles and apply to daily life. Contact Mary Kempffer.
  • Mayberry: Sundays, 11 a.m., CLC 207
    Comprised of families, couples and singles—all ages. Variety of studies – books, DVDs, discussion. Each lesson stands alone.
    Opportunities for fun and fellowship. Contact Dave Dunbar.
  • Pilgrims: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 410
    Empty nesters; singles and couples; retired and working. Socially active, class activities include movie afternoons, dining, pot luck dinners, cookouts, train trips and Christmas dinner. Rotating teachers using Adult Bible Study series and other seasonal materials. Contact Jay Hershberger.

Reasons Senior Adults Benefit from Classes, Outings and Programs

  • To make new acquaintances in the church family
  • To strengthen current friendships in a joyful way
  • To nurture Christian attributes
  • To enjoy great programs and build a strong support group.

Senior Adult Travel Group [View our 2018 Event Calendar]
Want to enjoy more outings? Our travel group is primarily social and provides opportunities for fellowship through local trips as well as away trips. We love to have outside guest join us on our trips, but we must give first priority to our church members. Once the deadline has passed and there are open spaces then we would welcome those outside guest to join us.

Making Reservations
To make reservations for senior adult trips, outings and programs, you must sign up (by the deadline) in the church office. It is difficult to purchase tickets, rooms, etc. after the deadline has passed. Payment is due at the time you sign up. As part of our fellowship with one another, we share all programs and meals together. We ask that if you are unable to attend any program or outing that you have signed up for, it is very important that you call the church office (919-362-7807) to let us know. Each person participating in our trips and outings is required to fill out a Senior Adult Information Form. This will help us in contacting someone in case of an emergency.

Contact us!
Our Senior Adult Ministry Council is composed of Senior Adults within our church. To learn more, contact Toby White, Director of Senior Adult Ministries, via email or at at 919-815-5220.

Senior Adult Ministry Council

  • Bertha Fryar Cain
  • Jeanne Hack
  • Doris & Jay Hershberger
  • Candy Jordan
  • Clark & Barbara Phillips
  • Judy Price
  • Peggi Reed